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  • New correction commissioner a frequent visitor to prisons

    NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — Department of Correction Commissioner Scott Semple was on the move inside the Garner Correctional Institution on a recent Tuesday, ducking into every office and inspecting each inmate housing unit from end to end. Members of Semple's executive team hustled to match the long stride of the commissioner as he covered...

  • Gulf health 5 years after BP spill: Resilient yet scarred

    From above, five years after the BP well explosion, the Gulf of Mexico looks clean, green and whole again, teeming with life — a testament to the resilience of nature. But there's more than surface shimmering blue and emerald to the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon spill. And it's not as pretty a picture — nor is it as clear. Federal data...

  • Bill on birth control stalls in Oregon Legislature

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A proposal that would allow women to get birth control directly from a pharmacist without a doctor's prescription stalled Friday when a committee chair decided to convene a study group instead of moving the legislation forward. Republican Rep. Knute Buehler previously proposed allowing pharmacists to prescribe and dispense...

  • Bill requiring parental abortion notification clears hurdle

    CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada Assembly members approved a bill Friday that requires doctors to notify a girl's parents before performing an abortion on a minor, in spite of concerns from Democrats that girls would go to desperate lengths to avoid revealing their pregnancies. The Assembly passed AB405 in a 24-17 party-line vote, with...

  • House endorses bill to close Montana Developmental Center

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The state House reversed course on Friday and passed a bill to close the Montana Developmental Center in Boulder after voting against it Thursday. Representatives endorsed Senate Bill 411 as amended on Friday by a vote of 61-39 with 46 Republicans and 15 Democrats voting in favor. The bill faces a third-reading vote next...

  • Iowa State basketball coach Fred Hoiberg has heart surgery

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State says coach Fred Hoiberg has undergone open-heart surgery to replace aortic valve. Hoiberg had surgery Friday at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Doctor Rakesh Suri says the operation was a success, adding that "Hoiberg is in recovery and doing very well himself." Hoiberg retired from the NBA...

  • Intersex surgeries spark move away from drastic treatment

    CHICAGO (AP) — She was born to a young Chicago couple, named Jennifer, and grew into a beautiful long-lashed child with wavy dark hair, big brown eyes and a yearning, youthful desire to be just like all the other girls. Only she wasn't. Doctors first noticed her slightly enlarged genitals, and then discovered she had testes inside her abdomen...

  • State asks judge for clarification in competency ruling

    SEATTLE (AP) — A lawyer for the state health services department has asked a federal judge to clarify or reconsider portions of her sweeping ruling that found that the state's practice of holding mentally ill people in jails for weeks or months while they await competency services was unconstitutional. Following a two-week trial, U.S. District...

  • Correction: Vermont-Gun Restrictions story

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — In a story April 16 about a bill to put restrictions on guns in Vermont, The Associated Press misreported what a lawmaker said. Democratic Rep. Barbara Rachelson said she hoped her colleagues, not just Republicans, would show as much concern for people with mental illness when it came time to vote on budgets for programs...

  • USDA confirms bird flu at 5th South Dakota turkey farm

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Five commercial turkey farms in South Dakota have now been infected with a bird flu strain that's led to the deaths of more than 250,000 turkeys in the state and over 2.4 million birds in the Midwest. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced Friday that the H5N2 strain...

  • Lawyer to judge: New NCAA head-injury deal as bad as first

    CHICAGO (AP) — A dissenting plaintiff's attorney told a federal judge Friday that a reworked class-action head-injury settlement with the NCAA is as bad as the one the same judge rejected in December — though other attorneys defended it. The hearing in U.S. District Court in Chicago, where around ten similar suits nationwide were consolidated...

  • Vermont House passes gun restrictions

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont House on Friday passed a bill designed to keep guns out of the hands of convicted felons and people who are dangerously mentally ill. The measure approved by an 80-62 vote is similar to a version already approved by the Senate. One difference is that the Senate bill calls for an 18-month waiting period...

  • Business Highlights

    ___ After Alps crash, some experts ponder flights without pilots NEW YORK (AP) — To improve airline safety, maybe we need to remove the pilots. That radical idea is decades away, if it ever becomes a reality. But following the intentional crashing of Germanwings Flight 9525 by the co-pilot, a long-running debate over autonomous jets is...

  • 24 new HIV cases reported in Indiana outbreak, 130 total

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana county at the heart of an HIV outbreak has seen a "significant increase" in the number of cases more than two weeks into a short-term needle exchange program approved by Gov. Mike Pence, state health officials said Friday. The Indiana State Department of Health said there are now 120 confirmed HIV cases and 10...

  • Kansas State lab reports uptick in rabies cases

    MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas State University laboratory that conducts rabies testing is reporting a spike in positive results. Diagnostician Rolan Davis says there were 28 positive rabies cases from January through March of this year, up from 10 positives for the same three months in 2014. The school said this week in a news release that...

  • Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has bypass surgery

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Basketball Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was recovering Friday after undergoing quadruple coronary bypass surgery. He had the surgery a day earlier at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to a hospital statement. Dr. Richard Shemin, who performed the surgery, said the 68-year-old former NBA and...

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